The Interfaith Committee Mission Statement
The Interfaith/Ecumenical Committee builds understanding and community among people of different faiths and religious traditions by creating opportunities for learning with, praying with, and cooperating with them in works of justice and charity. The committee keeps our parish members informed of these opportunities and invites and encourages parishioners to bring to the committee their ideas and desires for interfaith and ecumenical endeavors.
Types of events we present or sponsor...
The New Years Eve Interfaith Prayer Service
Historic St. Ignatius Church at Calvert and Madison Streets hosts the Annual Interfaith Prayer Service. This perennial city favorite has now been presented for 25 years, and is a gathering of people of various faiths, including Jewish, Christian and Muslim who come to offer thanksgiving for blessings during the past year and to pray for continued blessings in the ensuing year.. The musical program begins at 8 PM and concludes at 9:30 – well in advance of other New Year’s Eve activities.
Pray For Peace Service
On June 22nd each year, St. Ignatius hosts an Interfaith Prayer Service for Peace in the Middle East. It is a wonderful opportunity to set aside one hour to pray with others for peace, justice and reconciliation everywhere, especially in the Holy Land and the Holy City of Jerusalem, sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims alike.
A FALL MINI-COURSE PRESENTED BY ICJS
Why did the Charlottesville white supremacists chant “Jews will not replace us” while exhibiting confederate flags, Swastikas, and bewailing the loss of white culture and western civilization? What can the nexus of anti-Semitism and anti-Black racism teach us about our current political moment?
In her book Plantations and Death Camps: Religion, Ideology, and Human Dignity, Wesley Seminary Professor Beverly Mitchell argues that by viewing the Holocaust and slavery through the lens of white supremacy, we can better understand the cultural issues continually threatening the safety and self-determination of all minorities in the U.S. Theology is, for Mitchell, an important way forward.
We invite you to join us for a mini-course taught by Dr. Heather Miller Rubens, ICJS Roman Catholic Scholar, and Dr. Ben Sax, ICJS Jewish Scholar, where we will read and analyze Mitchell’s foundational book. We will explore how her work can open myriad possibilities for interreligious engagement, while thinking through the numerous twenty-first century challenges facing minorities in the wake of an emboldened sense of white supremacy, nativism, jingoism, and xenophobic nationalism.
Please purchase or check-out from your local library a copy of Plantations and Death Camps: Religion, Ideology, and Human Dignity.
In preparation for the first session, please:
- Read the preface, chapter 1, and chapter 2 (pages 1-53) of Plantations and Death Camps: Religion, Ideology, and Human Dignity.
- Read Genesis chapters 1-4 in the Bible of your choice.
- Bring a Bible and Dr. Mitchell’s book to the mini course session.